Due date is
Wednesday Dec 13th at noon
Presentations will take place Wednesday
December 13th from 3:30 to 5:30 in the usual room
This final exam will
give you a chance to think about the various things that you have
done and read about in the course. We have talked about a variety of
techniques, often in isolation. Here we will look at them in a more
realistic situation. In particular you will use your class experience
to critique some computer graphics animation.
We are going to use 'Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet' as our CG to
critique. I wanted to pick something that people have very likely not
seen before, something that is new, something that has a variety of
environments, and also something that was done on a limited budget of
time and money. The two seasons of this TV series were shown in 2005.
More info on the series is available on wikipedia at:
I have chosen three episodes of the series and assigned 1/3 of the
class to each episode. This should lead to a variety of scenes being
chosen for critique.
7 of Season 2 - Syrtis Major
10 of Season 2 - Duel
11 of Season 2 - Shape Shifter
You should choose a 30 second segment from the episode and then
web page that disects / critiques / discusses the computer graphics
animation used in that segment. You should first describe what techniques are used
in that segment (motion capture, particle systems, physics, keyframe
animation, etc) and remember to consider the background as well as the
foreground, then discuss
what worked and what didn't work - why doesn't the motion look
realistic given what we have talked about in class, then describe to how to fix the things
that didnt work. Be sure to also tell me the time code for the
start and end of the
scene you are critiquing.
You should use screen captures to illustrate your points. You may want
to annotate those screen captures (arrows, circles, etc.) to more
specifically highlight what you are talking about.
You should look at a sequence of shots,
not just a single shot. The sequence of shots gives you context about
how people / things should be moving. Pick a sequence that has some
interesting animation so you will have enough to write about. You are
not critiquing the writing of the series or the voice acting, just the
You should write 2500 words, and here I am talking about something much
more like a research paper than composition 101; the words should be
insightful and not just take up space. Organizing your text with
sections and headings to increase readability is also highly recommeded
Each person will give
a short 5 minute
presentation on their critique using the web pages that you created.
Since everyone in the
class will be presenting within a 2 hour period, there won't be time to
swap in/out different computers or to use powerpoint. Make sure you
backup web site in case your primary one is down during class.
The work is due at noon on Dec 13th. By then you should have sent
me a link to your web page so I can have all the links ready for the
presentations that afternoon.